Fusion GPS says it 'toppled the far right's conspiracy theories' for lawmakers

01/03/18 02:13 PM EST

By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch

Founders, in op-ed, tell Congress to release firm's entire testimony

The research and strategy firm responsible for the "Steele dossier" blasted Republicans who have attacked its work on an investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged connections to Russia, and urged lawmakers to release its congressional testimony.

In a New York Times op-ed (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/02/opinion/republicans-investigation-fusion-gps.html?_r=0), Fusion GPS founders Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch say congressional Republicans "selectively" leaked only parts of the firm's over 20 hours of testimony to far-right media outlets.

In the op-ed, titled "The Republicans' Fake Investigations," Simpson and Fritsch also write they don't believe that the Steele dossier -- which contains unverified, salacious information -- was the trigger for the Federal Bureau of Investigation's probe into Russian meddling.

Trump has attacked Fusion GPS and called the dossier "fake." It was authored by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.

See:Trump Today: President questions if FBI paid for dossier alleging Russia ties (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-today-president-questions-if-fbi-paid-for-dossier-alleging-russia-ties-2017-10-19).

Simpson and Fritsch write that they are "extremely proud" of the work they have done "to highlight Mr. Trump's Russia ties" and that three congressional committees have heard more than 21 hours of testimony from Fusion GPS. In those sessions, they write, "we toppled the far right's conspiracy theories" and explained how both the conservative Washington Free Beacon and Hillary Clinton's campaign each hired their firm separately--which has been significant fodder for conservative talk shows.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican, is willing to have the firm's executives testify publicly, although care with certain information while an investigation is underway is also a factor, his spokesman said Wednesday, according to Politico (https://www.politico.com/story/2018/01/03/chuck-grassley-fusion-gps-322076).

See:Trump dossier was originally funded by conservative website Washington Free Beacon: report (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/trump-dossier-was-originally-funded-by-conservative-website-washington-free-beacon-report-2017-10-27).

-Robert Schroeder; 415-439-6400; AskNewswires@dowjones.com



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